Resources Available To Support Early Childhood Educators

May 27, 2009

Today, the Department of Education announced the availability of applications for FY 2009 Teacher Quality Partnership Grants. Created as part of the Higher Education Act, these grants are a new opportunity for federal funding to improve early childhood educator preparation and compensation. Grants are awarded competitively to partnerships between institutions of higher education (IHE) and high-needs school districts. Partnerships may include a high-needs early education program, including licensed child care, Head Start and Early Head Start, or state pre-kindergarten. If an early education program is included in the partnership, funds must be used for early childhood educator mentoring and coaching and compensation for educators with associate or baccalaureate degrees. Local programs and school districts should contact IHE with early childhood educator programs and create partnerships that include early education programs.

Applicants must submit an intent to apply for grants by June 26 and an application by July 23. The Department will conclude application reviews by September 21. Grants are awarded for a 5-year period in various amounts. A total of $143 million is available, which includes $100 million in funding from the Economic Recovery Act.

For more information on the Teacher Quality Partnership Grants as they relate to early education programs, see NAEYC's summary of the Higher Education Act early childhood provisions.

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